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These awards recognise companies, teams and individuals that can demonstrate innovation in products, services, technology and marketing.

They recognise the impact on business performance, customers and employees – and how they are actively deploying growth finance, enabling and supporting SMEs.

 

BUSINESS GROWTH ENABLER

The Business Growth Enabler award celebrates an individual within the growth finance industry that has made a demonstrable and widespread impact on SMEs over the past 12 months. This award can be entered independently or in partnership with a finance provider. Enter this award

 

GROWTH FINANCE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Our highest accolade for providers of growth finance. This Growth Finance Provider of the Year award will recognise an exemplary company, one that has a clear and demonstrable focus on delivering ‘more than finance’ to its customers and can evidence impact on UK businesses. Enter this award

 

INNOVATIVE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

The Innovative Product of the Year award is designed to recognise a growth finance product that has delivered clear and demonstrable innovation over the past 12 months. This product will have created outstanding results for an SME, a sector or the industry through innovation. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of innovation, impact on its business and the industry. Enter this award

 

BEST FUND MANAGER

Sponsored by Goji

The Best Fund Manager award will be presented to the Fund Manager that can demonstrate a clear impact on SMEs through their debt-based, alternative credit or direct lending funds over the past 12 months. This could be a specific case study, project or innovation that has created outstanding results. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and business/industry impact. Enter this award

 

BEST P2P BUSINESS LENDER

The Best P2P Business Lender award will be presented to the P2P lender providing a growth finance product or service that has delivered a clear and demonstrable business impact to SMEs over the past 12 months. The platform will demonstrate a best-in-class digital platform, transparency, as well as ample resources for both borrowers and lenders. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of customer growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and impact on the business or industry. Enter this award

 

SPECIALIST LENDER OF THE YEAR

The Specialist Lender of the Year award recognises the creative use of finance to businesses in a specific sector, or in a specialist or niche way that has delivered a clear and demonstrable business impact over the past 12 months. This could be a specific case study, a project or a wide-reaching service that has created results worthy of recognition. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of customer growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and impact on the business, sector or industry. Enter this award

 

VENTURE DEBT PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

The Venture Debt Provider of the Year award will be presented to a provider of venture debt that has delivered a clear and demonstrable impact over the past 12 months. This could be a specific case study, a project or a wide-reaching service that has created business results worthy or recognition. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of customer growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and impact on the business and/or industry. Enter this award

 

BEST INVOICE FINANCE PROVIDER

The Best Invoice Finance Provider award will be presented to an invoice finance provider that has delivered a clear and demonstrable business impact over the past 12 months. This could be a specific case study, project or a wide-reaching service or innovation that has created outstanding results. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of customer growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and impact on the business and/or industry. Enter this award

 

BEST CHALLENGER BANK

The Best Challenger Bank award will be presented to the bank providing service that has delivered a clear and demonstrable business impact over the past 12 months. This could be a specific case study project, a wide-reaching service or innovation that has created outstanding results. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of customer growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and impact on the business and/or industry. Enter this award

 

DIGITAL LENDER OF THE YEAR

The Digital Lender of the Year award recognises the all-important digital experience, crucial in breaking down the barriers to finance. This award recognises digital innovation that has enhanced the borrower experience, providing information in a frictionless way. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of customer growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and impact on the business and/or industry. Enter this award

 

GROWTH FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR

The Growth Finance Deal of the Year award will be presented to an industry participant demonstrating a significant, innovative or impactful deal via a growth finance product or service with a clear and demonstrable focus on delivering ‘more than finance’ to a customer. This award can be entered in partnership with a lender or broker. Enter this award

 

DIRECT LENDING PLATFORM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by RW Blears Solicitors

The Direct Lending Platform of the Year award will be presented to the platform providing a growth finance product or service that has delivered a clear and demonstrable business impact over the past 12 months. This could be a specific case study, a project or a wide-reaching service offering that has created results worthy of recognition. The judges will be looking for clear differentiators including qualitative and quantitative evidence of customer growth, innovation, customer satisfaction, feedback, and impact on the business and/or industry. Enter this award

 

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN

The Best Marketing Campaign Award will be presented to a company that has delivered an outstanding and impactful marketing campaign to the SME market over the past 12 months. Measures taken into account include: reach, impact, creative execution, innovation and customer feedback. Enter this award

 

BEST CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

The Best Customer Experience award recognises a company delivering a consistent brand experience to UK SMEs, challenging behaviours and assumptions of business lending. Measures taken into account include: service standards, net promoter score, customer surveys and feedback. Enter this award

 

BEST PLACE TO WORK

The Best Place to Work award will be presented to a provider of growth finance with a clear and demonstrable focus on the employee experience. The award recognises a company’s diversity and inclusion, training and development, glassdoor ratings, employee benefits, and employee engagement. Enter this award

 

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY

The Best use of Technology award will be presented to a provider of growth finance using technology to enhance the experience of its customers, empowering self-service, improving performance of the business and processes and user experience. Enter this award

 

BEST USE OF GROWTH FINANCE

The Best use of Growth Finance award will be presented to an SME that can demonstrate the successful use of Growth Finance to grow their business over the past 12 months. This award can be entered independently or in partnership with a finance lender or provider. Enter this award

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